What Is Climate Change? (VIDEO)

Remember the difference between weather and climate? We know what happens when the weather changes—it’s obvious. Climate is another story. Read on. When it rains, you put on a raincoat or take your umbrella when you go out. It snows: time for high boots, a heavier coat, scarf, and warm gloves. And sunny days, well,

Weather And Climate — Similarities & Differences

Weather and climate are similar but different. For the most part, they are very distinct phenomena. Below, we talk about the weather first, and then delve into the climate. Weather We measure what’s going on in our atmosphere over a short period of time—usually in a particular place on a particular day—by assessing the weather. Could be

Hawaiian Islands Should Expect Less And Less Rainfall

The University of Hawaiʻi has been paying close attention to Hawaiian rainfall patterns of late, and a new study has supported previous research, confirming that rainfall over the Hawaiian Islands has been declining since 1978, a trend that they believe will continue through the end of this century thanks in part to the changes resulting from global

Preparing For A World Of Climate Change-Induced Weather Disasters

Deadly storms strike the coast, snow blankets the interior, drought cripples rural communities, and flooding inundates the poor. Scientists expect natural disasters such as these — and worse — to grow in magnitude and increase in regularity as global warming takes its toll on the planet, and in many situations there is not much we

Warmer And Wetter January For Contiguous US

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) has released their latest State of the Climate, “a collection of monthly summaries recapping climate-related occurrences on both a global and national scale.” The title for the January 2013 summary reads “Contiugous US warmer and wetter than average for January”, noting that

Autumn and November Climate Highlights See Warmer America

The month of November and the overall September to November autumn season were warmer than average across the contiguous United States according to scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center. Not only were they warmer, but precipitation totals across the country were also above average during November, though the totals

Unseasonal Heavy Rain Floods Thailand

The end of March traditionally brings with it dry weather to Thailand, but this year a powerful storm has settled over the Malay Peninsula and brought with it up to up to 1,270 millimeters (50 inches) of rain in little over a week. As a result, the rain has caused landslides and flooded 8 provinces , killed 13 and left 842,324 people affected as of April 1, according to the Thailand government.

Climate Record Suggests Longer Droughts for Pacific Northwest

Researchers led by members of the University of Pittsburgh have extracted a sediment core from the lakebed of Castor Lake in north central Washington which provides a six thousand year climate record of the region. What they have found is that the traditionally rain-soaked region of the American Pacific Northwest is not going to be

New Way to Study Pollution of Oceans

A study published in the most recent edition of the Journal of Geophysical Research has illustrated a new method in which scientists can estimate how much of the ocean’s pollution is falling from the sky. Such a method will allow scientists the ability to understand how toxic airborne chemicals are impacting the oceans, and how

New Way to Study Pollution of Oceans

A study published in the most recent edition of the Journal of Geophysical Research has illustrated a new method in which scientists can estimate how much of the ocean’s pollution is falling from the sky. Such a method will allow scientists the ability to understand how toxic airborne chemicals are impacting the oceans, and how

Large Dams Can Affect Local Climate

New research has shown that large dams have the ability to affect the local climate, to the point of drastically altering the local rainfall in some regions. This marks the first time that researchers have found a clear difference had on the surrounding environment by large reservoirs compared to natural lakes and wetlands. The study

Tropical Cyclone Yasi Bears Down on Queensland

After months of rain, flooding, lives lost and weeks now of starting to rebuild after the recent inundation, Queenslanders are facing the brunt of tropical cyclone Yasi, seen below in an image captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite as it makes landfall near Cairns. On Feb. 2 at 03:35 UTC/1:35 p.m. Australia local time, the Moderate

NASA Satellite Images of Monster US Snow Storm

NASA’S Aqua and Terra satellites have captured numerous images of the monster storm that is one of the largest winter storms since the 1950s to affect the United States, affecting 30 states with snow, sleet and rain. A visible image captured by the GOES-13 satellite this morning, Feb. 1 at 1401 UTC (9:01 a.m. EST)

Eastern Africa Heading to More Frequent Drought

New research shows that the increased frequency of drought observed in eastern Africa over the last two decades is likely to continue so long as global temperatures continue to rise. Such an eventuality increases the risk to the estimated 17.5 million people in the Greater Horn of Africa who already face potential food shortages. The

La Nina to Continue through First Quarter of 2011

A report from the UN’s weather agency, the World Meteorological Organization, has reported that the current La Nina event will last through the first quarter of 2011, and possibly into the second quarter. However, the report noted that “the strength of the event is likely to decrease during the course of the coming 4 months.”

Plants Will Move Downhill in Warmer Climate

The widely held assumption that plants will have to migrate higher or become extinct in a warming world has been challenged today by a new study published in the journal Science, by Jonathan Greenberg, an assistant project scientist at the University of California, Davis, Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing. Greenberg looked at data

Weird Australian Weather for Christmas

If you are planning on visiting Australia for the Christmas holidays, make sure to bring an extra jacket or poncho, because the weird, wonderful and wacky Melbourne weather seems to be catching all across the eastern seaboard of my beautiful country. Monday saw 10 centimetres (four inches) of snow fall on some of our snow

Victorian Government Investigating Cloud Seeding

The Australian state of Victoria is looking into following its neighbours into implementing cloud seeding to help refill its dams, which currently average around fifty-percent full. Cloud seeding is a geoengineering project which injects particles into super-cold water laden clouds, thereby increasing the rain- and snow-falls. Dr Steven Siems, a scientist with Monash University, is

Large Swaths of the World are Drying Up

Like a patch of desert that has had all the moisture absorbed from its surface, large parts of the world are similarly drying up, releasing less moisture than ever before, or none at all. Evapotranspiration is the movement of water from the land to the atmosphere. Most climate models predicted that this phenomenon would increase

Global Warming Accelerating Cycle of Evaporation and Precipitation

A first of its kind study has revealed that freshwater is flowing into Earth’s oceans in greater quantities every year, all as a result of more frequent and extreme storms caused by global warming. The study, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that 18 percent more water

Geoengineering Plus White Fluffy Clouds Equals More Rain

Geoengineering the clouds to reflect more light might not be so bad for the land underneath. Concerns have been raised in the past regarding the effects of seeding clouds to make them more reflective and thereby reduce the radiation absorbed by the Earth. Researchers have believed that by doing so the global rainfall patterns could

Blame it on Yourself for a Rainy Weekend

Ever found yourself making it to the end of a week, hoping for a sunny weekend in which to lie outside or head to the beach or do some gardening, only to wake up on Saturday morning to overcast skies? I bet it’s happened before, probably more than once. Well it seems that, according to

Who Does Rainwater Belong To?

One of the greatest steps forward that local communities have taken of late is the push to collect rainwater to offset your water use. It is often an easy way to help out the environment and, in the long run, simply save water. There don’t really seem to be any catches to it either. Rain

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